THE Police Regional Office in Eastern Visayas recorded a total of 16,498 arrests for the whole year of 2021, according to its top official Monday, January 10, 2022.

“We may have done enough for the past year but there is still so much to be done with our intent to make Eastern Visayas an orderly and peaceful place to live in,” said Brigadier General Rommel Bernardo Cabagnot, police regional director.

Of the 16,498 arrested personalities, 829 were most wanted and 15,669 were other law offenders.

In the implementation of anti-illegal drug operations, 664 drug personalities were arrested with P12,756,274.94 worth of confiscated illegal drugs, the regional command said in a statement.

A total of 3,863 persons were arrested in anti-illegal gambling operations with P2,517,549.50 worth of confiscated bet money.

In anti-illegal fishing, 5,081 illegal fishers were arrested with P333,348,934 worth of confiscated fish and fishing paraphernalia.

In anti-illegal logging operations, 753 personalities were arrested with P10,787,503 worth of confiscated products.

Meanwhile, 224 illegal gun owners were arrested in “Kontra Boga” operations.

Authorities were able to recover 51 and confiscate 261 different firearms.

A total of 1, 667 different firearms were also turned over to different police units.

Another 5,084 other wanted personalities were apprehended.

The regional police command recorded a surrender of 173 former members of communist terrorist groups in the region.

Along with their surrender, they turned in their firearms, magazines, and ammunition. (SunStar Philippines)